US plant-based technology company Calyxt has announced that its high oleic low linolenic (HOLL) soyabean has been classed as a non-regulated article by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Developed using the company’s gene-editing technology Talen, Minnesota-based Calyxt said on 3 June that it was expecting to launch its HOLL soyabean by 2022.

“USDA confirmation that Calyxt’s high oleic low linolenic soyabean is not a regulated article is an important next step in bringing this product to the market,” said Calyxt CEO Jim Blome. “We are excited to reach this milestone as we move towards commercialising our second-generation product.”

Currently in the development process, the HOLL soyabean is expected to offer improved stability, helping widen its use so that food manufacturers and chefs can offer healthier alternatives to consumers.

The HOLL soybean was classed a non-regulated article under the “Am I Regulated?” process by USDA agency, the Biotechnology Regulatory Services of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).